March 6, 2019

Smugglers Shot Dead on Rwanda-DR Congo Border, Others Intercepted

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RDF Brigade 301 Commander Col Muhizi Pascal speaking to locals in the area back in December last year, as part of regular sensitization sessions regularly conducted in these areas (Photo by IGIHE)

Three men were last night shot dead as they tried to enter Rwanda’s border from DR Congo when they refused to stop despite being order to identify themselves.

Around 8pm, security forces stationed in Cyanzarwe sector Rubavu district spotted a group of people approaching the Rwanda border. They were monitored until they crossed the border and were pursued.

The Rubavu border region particularly this sector and others bordering it, is where Rwandan FDLR rebels regularly attack.

Gilbert Habyarimana, the Mayor of Rubavu district said the three killed were smugglers who were carrying merchandise they were bringing to Rwanda.

Five others were captured before they could escape.

By 11am today, the bodies of the dead were still at the spot, and local officials said they would be removed as soon as possible.

Security personnel are also in the area.

Smuggling remains such a serious problem on the DRC border. Billions worth of smuggled second hand clothing have been intercepted to enforce an ongoing control scheme.

Smugglers also bring in alcoholic drinks mainly wines and liquors.

There have been regular meetings with local communities by local officials and security forces sensitizing residents to help tackle smuggling. The same similar mobilization has been done for border security.

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